“The changes we dread most may contain our salvation.”
The only constant is change. While I say this and know it in my heart, sometimes when things move, I resist.
Can you relate?
This might be adding new technologies to your business that you suddenly have to shift and learn, changes to your team (adding or removing team members) or shifting the way you describe the power of your work.
Our egos will try to bring us back to where we feel “safe” but we can’t grow if we don’t reach out. As I type this, I envision a little seed hiding in the soil. To be above ground, it’s got to wiggle and stretch…we are no different!
When I feel out of control, I go back to the lessons learned from my favorite book, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz:
- Be Impeccable with Your Word
- Don’t Take Anything Personally
- Don’t Make Assumptions
- Always Do Your Best
If you don’t own that book, get your hands on it. It is such a beautiful and helpful guide. These little lessons make a big difference in how we self-manage.
I am feeling called to say again how important it is to spend time and energy on self-work.
Success is not just in marketing, but how many times, it’s time to take a hard look at operations and administration too, as these areas work together to brand, build and boost business. As we experience change, I am feeling called to say again how important it is to spend time and energy on self-work.
My #1 self-work system that helps me with anything from managing clients, coworkers…even my partner is to ask myself three easy questions to ignite my self-work:
Does it work for me?
If not, how could/would it work for me?
What do I need?
It’s not always easy to ask for what we need, but like author Barbara Kingsolver says, the changes we dread could contain our salvation. Years ago, I dreaded speaking up about lack of support in my relationship and unmet expectations with coworkers and vendors. I felt ill dreading the conversations, but when I had them, the response by both my partner and my coworkers was SO positive! Had I not spoken up, I probably would have had a nervous breakdown, instead, I shifted into new realms of success!